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Three Lemont students head to IMEA All-State Conference


Lemont High School seniors (clockwise, from top left) Maggie Brown, Nick Dory and Vince Dory all will participate in the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference.

Three Lemont High School students – seniors Maggie Brown (BBb Contra Bass Clarinet), Vince Dory (Bb Bass Clarinet) and Nick Dory (composition) – will participate in the upcoming Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Conference, which will be held from January 23-26, at the Peoria Civic Center. Nick Dory already has earned runner-up accolades in his category in the All-State Composition contest.

IMEA All-State Conference Web Site

The IMEA All-State Conference attracts the top performers from across the state, and includes guest conductors, seminars and a number of concert performances. This year’s slate includes performances from renowned recording artist Theresa Anderson, the DePaul University Symphony Orchestra, the Millikin University Jazz Band and One Voice Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Wheaton College Symphonic Band.

Brown and Vince Dory will audition against the state’s eight other district winners in their respective instruments; those auditions will determine both into which band each places, as well as which chair each will hold within that band. Brown, who is making her second straight trip to the IMEA All-State Conference, placed in the Honors Concert Band, the top high school concert band in Illinois, last year.

Nick Dory has tied for second in the Arranging category of the All-State Composition contest with his submission, Swinging Pete and the Wolf. He also took part in the IMEA All-District Jazz Festival at Lincoln-Way Central High School on November 10, competing in the tenor saxophone. Brown and Vince Dory earned their berths to the IMEA All-State Conference with their performances at the IMEA All-District Festival at West Leyden High School on November 17.

The IMEA All-State Concert and the IMEA Honors Concert will cap the conference on January 26. The All-State Concert begins at 1 p.m., while the Honors Concert follows at 3 p.m. A $5 ticket, which can be purchased in advance or at the door, gains entry into both performances. Some winners of the composition contest will have their pieces showcased in a 3 p.m. concert on January 24; all composition winners will be honored at 9:30 a.m. on January 26.

The three students all advanced to the IMEA All-District Festival after IMEA auditions (among up to 2,000 other students) at Sandburg High School last fall. All three are members of the school’s defending state champion Honors Symphonic Band, while the Dorys also are part of the school’s Honors Jazz Band.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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